Miracles Through Music and the Sonoma County Blues Society have come together to create an afternoon of music that features some of the finest blues acts in the county in a benefit at the Moose Lodge for local Cody Cordellos on Sunday, Feb. 21. Cordellos has been suffering from EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) since he was born and this is another in a series of fundraisers to help Cordellos with the costs of dealing with the life-long condition. Kicking off the day will be the Leesa Gomez blues band, followed by the Jody Counter blues band, featuring Adana Browning on vocals and wrapping up the day will be the Soulshine blues band. The event kicks off at noon and is billed as a family event and children are welcome. The will be food and drinks available and a raffle will also help to raise funds. Donation at the door is $10.
The Yard Dogs Road Show brings their circus-like musical act to the Sebastiani Theatre for two nights only on Sunday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The show features sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and “hobo poetry,” all accompanied by music from the band. Advance tickets are available at the theatre box office. For more info, call 996-9756.
BackTrax rock band will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America with a 26-song acoustic tribute to the band tonight, Feb. 19, at the El Dorado Kitchen. The sets will start out with songs from 1964 and go all the way up to 1970, when the band finally broke up for good. The band takes over the fireplace lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cover for the show.
Sue Albano and Mark Dennis hit the “stage” at Mary’s Pizza Shack tonight, Feb. 19, for an 8:30 p.m. show that features Albanos “smokin’ groove” vocals. The duo plays a mix of blues and some classic rock covers.
Ten Foot Tone hits the stage later tonight, Feb. 19, at Steiners Tavern for their debut appearance. Steiners owner Paul Spadero saw the band during the Relay for Life fundraiser recently and liked them so much he wanted a full evening of the band. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there is no cover.
Steiners is also starting to do regular live acoustic music every Sunday afternoon and this Sunday, Feb. 22, brings local Americana artist Adam Traum to the tavern. The show goes off early, from 5 to 8 p.m. and there is no cover.
The Plaza Bistro has jazz tonight, Feb. 19, with the husband-wife duo of Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap. Norris, on vocals, was a Columbia Records recording artist and appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Tonight shows, to name a few. Dunlap is the piano accompanist for Cleo Laine and has many studio and live sessions under his belt. The duo will be taking jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and work in some Brazilian tunes as well. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
The best kept musical secret in the Valley is the open-mic jam every Sunday at the Blue Moon Saloon, and this Sunday, Feb. 22, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary. Each Sunday a variety of musicians show up to jam, some local, some from out of town, and put together an impromptu group to play a couple tunes. The house band is typically Phil Herschafft, Isaac Carter and Michael Briones, among others. Just show up with your instrument and join in. The jam kicks off Sunday at 9 p.m.
Olive & Vine will have the Jon Popenoe blues band tonight, Feb. 19, for a night of, well, blues. The band has Jim Holland on drums and tonight will have “the Journeyman,” Corey Jennings, on harmonica. Showtime is 7 p.m. and there is no cover.
Randy Cook and Jeff Hunter of the Maldonado Brothers will be playing as a duo at Imagery Estate Winery Saturday, Feb. 20, for a 1 p.m. show. The will be playing some classic originals from the band as well as some cover songs.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Cork Pullers tonight, Feb. 19, playing their own versions of folk classics. According to band leader Tim Curley, their music pairs perfectly with a pint of Guinness. He’ll also be showcasing some new tunes and a new guitar. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20, the pub has the folk music sounds of the Perfect Crime for an 8 p.m. show.
Sunday, Feb. 22, in what’s being billed as a Yard Dogs Road Show pre-party, the Green String Farm band will be playing their eclectic versions of familiar and not so familiar songs. That show kicks off at 6 p.m. and there is no cover for any of the shows at the pub.
Landmark Winery and Vineyards will have the sounds of Carlos Herrera and Stan Adela on Saturday, Feb. 20, for an afternoon of music by the fireplace. Show starts at 1 p.m.
Dan Martin will be making an appearance at Mondo American Beer Garden Saturday, Feb. 20, playing solo on acoustic guitar. His repertoire includes folk and reggae music. Show starts at 7 p.m.
The Sean Carscadeen Trio will be at Maya Restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 20, for night of rock and blues. Showtime is 10 p.m.
The Steve Dudgeon Quartet will be performing at Sonoma Springs Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Sonoma Springs Brewery is at 750 W. Napa Street. You can catch an interview of Dudgeon from the Vinolivo event on this weeks radio show at www.sonomamusic.com.
EZ Kewl will be at Brixx in Petaluma tonight, Feb. 19, for a 9 p.m. show. They’ll be back in the Valley Sunday, Feb. 21 for a 1 p.m. show at Imagery Estate Winery.
Natasha James, fresh off a show at the Songwriter series at Deerfield Ranch Winery, will be on the road as well to the Highland Dell Lodge in Monte Rio tonight, Feb. 19 for a show that kicks off at 7 p.m. For more info, call 865-2300.
Points North is also on the road to the Quarter Note in Sunnyvale tonight, Feb. 19, form a show billed as “Guitar Night” that features three electric guitar orientated rock acts. On the bill with Points North will be Horizon of Fire and the Terry Lauderdale band. Showtime is 8 p.m.